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Black n' Blue

A Marine comes home from Afghanistan struggling with PTSD to find a cop has profiled and killed one of his younger friends. When the two finally meet a conversation goes awry with dark consequences.

  • Julius B. Kelly
    Ploy, In Sickness, Wait for Me
  • B. Todd Johnston
  • B. Todd Johnston
  • Jim Thalman
  • Dayna Schutz
  • Suzzanne Douglas
    Key Cast
    The Parent 'Hood (The WB), Bull (CBS), Jason's Lyric, School of Rock
  • B. Todd Johnston
    Key Cast
    Army Wives (Lifetime Network), CBGB, Single Ladies (Vh1, Centric)
  • Jim Thalman
    Key Cast
    Ploy, West of the City, 16Mins, The Secret Under the Rose
  • Sidiki Fofana
    Key Cast
    One Shot, The Children of Hip Hop,
  • Omar Hernandez
    Key Cast
    The Bourne Ultimatum, West of the City,
  • Stan J Adams
    Key Cast
    Ploy, Key of Brown, In Sickness
  • Project Type:
  • Genres:
    Suspense, Thriller, Drama
  • Runtime:
    12 minutes 35 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    September 6, 2017
  • Production Budget:
    14,000 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Country of Filming:
    United States
  • Language:
  • Shooting Format:
    RED Dragon
  • Aspect Ratio:
  • Film Color:
  • First-time Filmmaker:
  • Student Project:
  • Big Apple Film Festival: Black Cinema Showcase
    New York City
    United States
    April 7, 2018
    NYC Premiere
  • North Jersey Human Rights Film Festival
    Ridgefield NJ
    United States
    April 27, 2018
    New Jersey Premiere
  • New Filmmakers NY Film Festival
    United States
    May 16, 2018
  • Cannes Film Festival: Short Film Corner
    May 17, 2018
    International Premiere
Director Biography - Julius B. Kelly

Julius received his BA in Media Arts from New Jersey City University and has been making films since 2006. He is the Director and co-founder of Sunnyside Down Productions as a means to produce and promote independent film. His films have been seen locally and nationally across multiple film festivals, including his most recent success "Ploy" which screened at the Cannes Short Film Corner (2016) and won Best Film and Best Actor at the 2016 Urban Action Showcase Expo sponsored by HBO/Cinemax.

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Director Statement

We are living in turbulent times. If you turn on the news there has been a great deal of injustice towards minorities, African Americans in particular, from police officers who swore to protect us. The tragic death of Tamir Rice, a 12 year old boy who was shot for holding a toy gun, was seen and heard about all over the world and yet nothing was properly done about the injustice. Time and time again, no suspensions, no legal justice, most of the time not even fired. The onslaught continues on a yearly basis, with too many faces appearing on the news night after night.
I didn't just read “Black N Blue”... I devoured a script about what can be shown on screen to spark a conversation about race and violence within the communities we live in. The real interest piece that this journey is following a white male who is tired of the racial injustice towards people in his community. I had a battle within myself on how to tell the story due to the male lead being Caucasian (I didn’t want him to come off as a typical Hollywood savior) but I believe the ethnicity fades behind this very real community issue. Our film starts there, as beginning to a conversation that wrong is wrong, and we all have to lend our voice to speak out against injustice. So we began to make this film "for the people, by the people."
The cast and crew understood the vision I wanted to create and what I needed to deliver to make the film really work. Once you are provided with so many talented and hardworking people it makes the journey less difficult to travel.
The collaboration between Executive Producers B. Todd Johnston and Jim Thalman as well as with our team was all motivated by a single purpose to create a film that would resonate among audiences and call out racial injustice, police brutality, and senseless violence. I’m proud to say I believe we have accomplished just that. What we really want to ask at the end of the day is “Who Protects Us”?